Shamanic Breathwork: Awakening The Healer Within YOU!
Your breath is one of your most powerful tools and allies.
Your breath has the ability to alter your consciousness, calm your physical body, and still the mental chatter of your mind. Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk and peace activist, shares about his relationship with his breath by saying, “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
As a Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator, I find resonance with the imagery in Hanh’s quote and I use the conscious breath as an anchor each and every day of my life. I know from my own direct experience that whenever I feel disconnected from Life, Love, or my Sacred Purpose, I can always use my breath to bring me back to a place of alignment; allowing me the opportunity to reconnect with who it is I really am.
This function of the breath—serving as an anchor and tool for alignment—is why I believe the practice of breathwork has become mainstream. Through each inhale and exhale we have the ability to align with what we truly love and value, find clarity and direction, and reconnect with our place within the Bigger Picture of Life.
In this piece, I will explore Shamanic Breathwork—the breathing process that radically transformed my own life. I will discuss what Shamanic Breathwork is, what it is based upon, and how it’s different components can provide you with a safe space to awaken the healer living within you.
So, take a deep breath, exhale fully, and let’s unfold into the magic of the Shamanic Breathwork Journey.
What is Shamanic Breathwork?
Shamanic Breathwork is a powerful somatic process that is based upon the premise that within each and every person resides an inner healer—an inner shaman—that knows how to heal, how to transform, and how to navigate through Life connected to Force that is greater than the Ego Self.
Using a connected, circular, breathing technique in conjunction with chakra attuned music, the Shamanic Breathwork Process allows individuals to experience deep healing and transformation on a spiritual, mental, emotional and physical level.
The Shamanic Breathwork Process is an experiential tool, ritual and ceremony that creates the space for individuals to journey into altered states of consciousness where they are able to access the wisdom and power of the shaman within.
As a facilitator of this body of work, I have come to believe that Shamanic Breathwork is transformative and proudly impactful because: it re-members the wholeness of the individual, it allows individuals to channel and release intense emotions in a safe container, and it recognizes that within each and every person resides the power to heal and transform their own life. I expand upon these components in the paragraphs below.
Shamanic Breathwork Re-members your Wholeness.
“’Finding yourself’ is not really how it works. You aren’t a ten-dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right here, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. ‘Finding yourself’ is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you.” -Emily McDowell
Shamanic Breathwork recognizes that who you are is made up of four interrelated elements—your mind, body, heart (or emotional body), and your spirit, or your Inner Shaman. In addition to these elements, your wholeness is also influenced and made up of: your inner child, the patterns and beliefs of your family of origin, and the codes and systems of you culture.
During Shamanic Breathwork, you are able to drop beneath the conditioning and programming that you’ve adopted throughout your lifetime and dismiss all that is not in resonance with who you really are. This means that, through the breath, you can expand your consciousness and gain a perspective of yourself that is organic; releasing the thoughts, patterns, and behaviors that keep your wholeness—your mind, body, heart and inner shaman—stuck or limited to a conditioned way of being.
When you unsubscribe from these limiting beliefs, identities and codes, you create the space for your authentic self to unfold within your reality which can manifest as you experiencing more creativity, passion, connection and genuine pleasure in your everyday life.
Shamanic Breathwork Allows you to Channel and Release Intense Emotions in a Safe Container.
“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it...”
― Nicholas Sparks
Your emotions—whether they be grief, anger, happiness, or another place upon the emotional spectrum—are much like the seasons and tides of the earth; they are Natural, and there are no “good” or “bad” emotions.
From a shamanic perspective, it is understood that when we hold onto our emotions they can poison us, but when we allow them to freely move through our bodies, they can transform us.
During the Shamanic Breathwork Process, you have the permission to fully embody, experience and express your emotions within a safe container—you will never be shamed for your feelings nor for how you express them within the breathwork journey.
Once you come out of your journey, you will have the opportunity to integrate—discovering the medicine within your experience. Through this integration process, you can see how your emotions are messengers, or symptoms from your Soul, that are signaling you to make the changes that you are desiring.
The Shaman—Healer—Lives Within.
“You've always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” – Glinda (The Good Witch), The Wizard of Oz.
As stated before, the foundation of the Shamanic Breathwork Process is based upon the premise that within each person resides an inner shaman- a consciousness or wisdom that is adept at undergoing the processes of change and transformation.
Much like the Snake knows how to shed its skin, and the Caterpillar knows how to become a Butterfly, your Inner Shaman (also referred to as our "Shamanic Consciousness") knows how to support and guide your personal healing and transformation.
With this foundation, YOU become the healer, and through the connection with your own Inner Shaman, you begin to understand the signs, symbols and seasons of your own Soul.
So, with this premise that the Shaman Lives Within, it is important to state that no one is prompting your journey through guided imagery or suggestion. Facilitators aren’t telling you where to journey, what to see or what to experience.
Shamanic Breathwork trusts the guidance of your inner shaman and it understands the power and medicine that comes from your direct experience.
Shamanic Breathwork is a profound experience because the transformation comes from within.
As I stated in the opening, your breath is one of the most powerful tools and allies available to you. It has been with you since the time you were born and it will journey with you until you die.
When you attune yourself to your own breath through processes such as Shamanic Breathwork, you expand your consciousness and you can connect to a part of you that is much larger than your Ego Self.
This larger part of your consciousness is your inner healer—your inner shaman—and it remembers the wholeness of you who are; it grants you the freedom to express and find the medicine within your emotions, and like the Snake and the Caterpillar, it knows how (and when) to change and transform.
In the Shamanic Breathwork Community, we have a saying that we often present at the beginning of every journey and that is “breathe until you’re surprised…”
So, if you are ready to “get bigger” and you desire to take your life to its next octave, I invite you to connect with your local Shamanic Breathwork facilitators and experience the medicine of your own breath for yourself! Whether you are desiring a strong spiritual connection, or seeking to move through self-defeating patterns and limiting beliefs, your breath has the power to radically enhance your life.
Jasin Deegan is a Master Shamanic Breathwork® Facilitator and a Shamanic Minister, certified and ordained through Venus Rising Association for Transformation. He is also a Usui and Karuna-Ki Reiki Master, a Crystal Healer and a avid student of the Tarot. Jasin is passionate about Shamanic Breathwork® and using this tool and ceremony to awaken consciousness. Jasin believes that within each living being resides the power to: awaken to a new awareness; heal core wounds; transform consciousness; embody a higher purpose and calling, and become the Divine Beings we were born to be. Jasin lives in the Bay Area of California and facilitates Shamanic Breathwork® Workshops across the nation.